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Prince of Wales Wolf Harvest Shut Down Over Population Concerns

posted Feb 2, 2016, 10:43 PM by chloe owens   [ updated Feb 2, 2016, 10:44 PM ]

2/15/15, by Pat Forgey, Alaska Dispatch News

Prince of Wales wolf harvest shut down over population concerns

Wildlife regulators have imposed an emergency wolf harvest closure on Prince of Wales Island, but groups fearing the wolf population there is already at risk say no harvest should have been allowed in the first place…They determined that a harvest level of nine wolves would be sustainable, but when five wolves had been taken an emergency closure was instituted…In past years, the harvest has been much higher…In regulatory year 1996, 132 wolves were legally killed. Others may have been poached. Recent estimates have shown far fewer wolves on Prince of Wales Island than there once were…